The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Directions Series Dec. 10 in Sac City and Dec. 11 in Pocahontas.
The series will focus on replacement heifers, risk management, cooling dairy cows and updates on the dairy market and ISU dairy herd.
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As temperatures and dew points rise it is important to recognize what heat stress looks like in your cattle. Here is the signs of heat stress from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Here
Here are tips for reducing heat stress on cows. Heat Stress Tips
It is not a question of “if” we will have days in Northwest Iowa that cause heat stress in milking herds, but rather, how many days we will have. Heat stress decreases feed intake and milk production, decreases milk components including fat, lowers breeding efficiency and compromises the immune system plus the heat and humidity is a near perfect environment for mastitis pathogens to thrive.
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